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Dear GLOBE Community,

We learned this week that the DeKalb County School District sent a survey out to parents and students asking you for your opinion about The GLOBE Academy. The District did not advise us of the purpose of the survey and while we don't have any specific cause for concern, we are asking our community to hold off on taking the survey until we can gather further information on it. 

If you haven't yet taken the Community Return-to-Campus Survey 1 that was sent out this week by GLOBE, please do so here.

Thank you!
Good news! There is still time to upload Art to Square1art.com.
Square 1 Art is an annual fundraiser for the art department at The GLOBE Academy and it puts 100% of the proceeds into the hands of our young artists. All Students, this year, were invited to create their own artwork on a square of paper. Once uploaded, families can immediately begin purchasing customized products with student's artwork. This art makes great holiday gifts and a portion of the proceeds comes back to GLOBE. Nov. 20, 2020 is the deadline to upload art.


For questions or assistance, please contact Ms. Cottrell at mcottrell@theglobeacademy.net
The COVID Corner
As we prepare guidance to inform a safe return, we want to hear from you and address your questions in this section each week. If you have questions that have not been addressed, please submit them here.  Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your questions! We are doing our best to answer as many of these as we can each week. If you haven’t seen a response to your question yet, stay tuned for upcoming newsletters! We will do our best to provide as many answers as we can in The COVID Corner over the coming weeks. Please understand that due to the dynamic nature of the pandemic, there may be questions for which we do not yet have answers, or situations that may change between now and January. 
 
While we are closely following DeKalb County School District’s planning, GLOBE’s plans for a return-to-campus will be based on the recommendations of our independently run reopening committee to meet the needs of our community and academic dual-language immersion model.
Thanksgiving and COVID-19
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we are wishing your family a safe and enjoyable holiday. This year, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. Learn more.
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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Question: 
Will students continue to have both recess and PE?

Answer:
Yes, we are planning for students to have both recess and PE. It is important for children to have these opportunities to move around, and we want to ensure that they are able to do so in the safest way possible. For this reason, students will be required to wear masks, including when outdoors. The instructional subcommittee is still working on the details for how to best deliver connections, and thus, it has yet to be determined whether these classes will happen via in-person or virtual instruction. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.

Question:
Will we be able to change our mind about the method of instruction in the middle of the semester?

Answer:
Families who elect the hybrid option (in-person M/Tu OR Th/F - with all virtual instruction on Wednesdays) can decide to transition to virtual instruction at any time. To ensure adequate physical distancing in the classrooms, families who elect the virtual option will not be able to transition to in-person instruction. Families may be offered another opportunity to select in-person instruction later in the spring; however whether this will be possible will depend on a number of factors, including the classroom capacity at that time.

Question:
Does GLOBE have the flexibility to deviate from DeKalb County's plan? If so, other schools have opened - why isn't GLOBE open yet?

Answer:
As a charter school, GLOBE does have flexibility in making decisions regarding our plans for reopening that differ from those of DeKalb County - which includes different criteria and dates for reopening as well as different models (e.g. beginning with 2 vs. 1 day(s) of in-person instruction). 

As GLOBE's reopening committee examined the calendar, two major factors drove our decision to not attempt to return before January: 1) inevitable instructional time that would be lost while adjusting to the procedures for in-person learning and 2) anticipated spikes in cases after the Thanksgiving break. COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County have been on the rise in recent weeks, and are approaching the levels that we saw at the beginning of the school year. Despite guidance against family gatherings, it is anticipated that these counts will increase substantially in the coming weeks. It is the position of GLOBE's reopening committee that it is not safe to return under these conditions. 

While some private schools have been able to remain open, these schools have the benefit of additional resources, smaller class sizes, and often larger classroom spaces that have made reopening possible. GLOBE is also very unique in many ways that make it challenging to transfer protocols from other schools - some of these considerations include our DLI model, the split across two campuses with very different space-related constraints, and that we draw students from all across the county rather than from a smaller geographic area.

Question:
If students need to quarantine, will they still be able to receive instruction at home?

Answer:
Yes, since we will continue to offer a virtual option, instruction will remain available for students who are under quarantine.

Question:
Will vaccines be required to return to campus?

Answer:
Although there has been promising news about candidate vaccines in recent weeks, there has not yet been an authorized or approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The timeline for widespread vaccination availability and coverage remains unknown, and thus GLOBE cannot yet make decisions about vaccination requirements relative to our plans for reopening.
*If you have questions for the Reopening Committee, please submit them here.
UPCOMING

Below you will find the important dates to remember for the next two weeks. You can also sync the GLOBE calendar to your own digital calendar.

November 18, 2020

November 19, 2020
PTCC Speaker Series with Sandra Daniel, 8:30 p.m.

November 23-27, 2020 
Thanksgiving Break

November 30, 2020
Upper Campus Office Closed


The GLOBE Academy Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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What's on the Menu?
The DeKalb County School District has released details on where to pick up lunch for your children Monday, Wednesday and Friday courtesy of DCSD. Click the link below for more details.
Meal Pickups

School Nutrition Services during Distance Learning will be available through the DeKalb County School District. Find out the details about Meal Distributions here.